The Des Moines Register calls Atlantic one of Iowa's holiday, "...bright spots where Main Street retail is robust."
From Thanksgiving to New Years, Atlantic is Iowa's City of Lights! Be dazzled by more than 200,000 LED lights in a stretch of 6 blocks of historic buildings filled with gift shops, clothing stores and boutiques. Check out some of these Chamber events while you're enjoying Christmas in Atlantic.
Santa's holiday spirit helps turn on the lights on the Third Thursday of November at the Grand Lighting event sponsored by MAHLE Engine Components and Corner Stone Landscaping. There is music, photo opportunities, Santa visits, horse wagon rides and more. Santa uses his holiday spirit to turn on the lights at 5:30 p.m.
On the first Saturday of December, rally your troops and create a lighted float for the annual Lighted Christmas parade brought to you by the Atlantic Area Chamber and Wal-Mart. Prizes are awarded, and bragging rights travel along with the two-foot trophy! For spectators, catch a horse-drawn carriage ride between 3-5 p.m., visit Santa in his cabin then, snuggle in for the fireworks and parade at 6 p.m.
Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas
Don't forget to bring a friend to the free holiday concert on the second Saturday in December, sponsored by Aunt B's, Bonnesen's 5 & 10, J&R Tax Service, and Unique Salon & Spa. During the concert we recognize two individuals as the Stifel Nicolaus "Angels of Christmas," a tradition of true Christmas spirit.
Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides
Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m., enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, courtesy of the Leonard Family businesses, First Whitney Bank and Wells Fargo. After, be sure you visit Santa Claus in the Atlantic Rotary historic log cabin in City Park for hot cocoa and a warm fireplace.
Santa is also in his cabin on Thursday's from 5:30-7 p.m. in December.
Whether you're an Atlantic native, resident, or you just want an authentic small-town Christmas experience, Atlantic has the charm you're looking for.
Call for a 2014 holiday brochure 712.243.3017.
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